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July JADA takes a look at opioids, dentists

June 20, 2016 To what extent should providers and patients examine their reliance on Vicodin to manage postoperative pain? What can dentists do to better inform their opioid prescribing decisions and guard against risks for unintentional overdose or drug sharing?

These questions and others about opioids are addressed in the July issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association, which will be available online at JADA.ADA.org by July 1.

The issue's cover story is a review of South Carolina prescription drug monitoring program data with analyses to examine the types and frequency of dental opioid prescriptions and the frequency of existing multiple concurrent opioid prescriptions among dental patients.

A commentary, "Why Do We Prescribe Vicodin?", from dental researchers touches on patient expectations and demands, established prescribing behaviors and changing strategies for postoperative pain management.

A video featuring Dr. Paul Moore, Ph.D., the corresponding author of the commentary and a professor at the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh; and Dr. Michael Glick, JADA editor and professor and William M. Feagans chair at the School of Dental Medicine at the State University of New York University at Buffalo, will complement the articles. In it, the two discuss what the ADA, dentists and patients can do to help prevent opioid abuse, and more.

Check JADA.ADA.org starting July 1 for the video and articles.